New Chicago Mayor Promises Change
America's third-largest city has a new mayor.
The Chicago Tribune reports Lori Lightfoot won resoundingly in Tuesday's election to become the WIndy City's first African-American woman to assume the top office.
Ms. Lightfoot ran on a clean-up-the-town platform, on the heels of the increasingly unpopular, scandal-ridden Rahm Emmanuel administration.
The new mayor started her campaign last spring as a dark-horse candidate. Previously, she served as a federal prosecuting attorney. She also worked as an administrator for the Chicago Police Department.
Political and media analysts consider the Lightfoot victory to be a sharp rebuke to the previous administration. “Today, you did more than make history,” the mayor-elect told supporters Tuesday night. “You created a movement for change.”
She defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, whose campaign had been hobbled by the anti-incumbent mood among voters and an ongoing federal corruption investigation of the outgoing administration.
Ms. Lightfoot will be sworn in in May.
[Source: Chicago Tribune]